194 Wells Street, South Melbourne, VIC, 3205
Despite being hidden away and hemmed in by high-rises, this laid-back cafe is fast becoming the area’s favourite haunt.
And it’s easy to see why. The cosy den-like surroundings are complemented by super-friendly staff and a comfort-food menu (think ready-made panini, thick-cut raisin toast and mains like salmon risotto or slow-cooked beef on mash).
It’s also a great place for a caffeine fix, as the queue of punters proves. Despite the crush, there’s no rushing; each coffee is made with care by a barista who obviously loves his job. Unsurprisingly, it’s superb. The herbal aroma of my espresso gives way to a complex wine-like brew: tart and thick on the tongue, with a pleasantly strong acidity and long finish. With milk, the flavour is similarly robust but somewhat sweeter (although this could be the surprise chocolate centre of my accompanying raspberry muffin).
Not all there? On the contrary -this place has it in spades.
+613 9078 1298
mon – fri: 7am – 4pm saturday & sunday closed